VANCOUVER, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable James Moore, Minister of
Canadian Heritage and Official Languages and Minister Responsible for
British Columbia, today announced support for Action Canada's
fellowship program. This investment will continue to encourage
Canadians to take part in enriching fellowships that promote a better
understanding of Canada and public policy choices.
"Through Action Canada's fellowship program, young people have the
opportunity to connect with one another and exchange ideas, while
deepening their knowledge of Canada," said Minister Moore. "With this
investment, our Government is contributing to a more informed and
engaged citizenry, and to the strength of our great nation. As we
approach Canada's 150th birthday in 2017, we have a wonderful opportunity to help our young
people discover what defines Canadian society and to encourage them to
participate in it."
Each year, Action Canada selects up to 20 young Canadians for an
eleven-month fellowship that provides them with opportunities to
enhance their leadership skills, enrich their understanding of Canada
and contribute to the Action Canada Network. Every fellowship year has
a central theme that addresses public policy issues of significance to
Canada. Fellows work on different Task Forces that produce reports and
recommendations in relation to the annual theme during five working
conferences that are held across Canada.
"Today's announcement of three years of funding for Action Canada
demonstrates this Government's commitment to working with the private
sector to build leadership for Canada's future," said Sam Belzberg and
David Aisenstat, co-chairs, Action Canada Board. "We would like to
thank especially Minister Moore. Thanks to the ongoing support of
Canadian Heritage, there is a valuable and growing national network of
Action Canada Fellows dedicated to the future of our country."
The Government of Canada is providing funding of $3,000,000 over three
years to the Action Canada Foundation through Canadian Heritage's Canadian Studies Program. This program encourages Canadians to learn about Canada's history,
civic life, and public policy.
SOURCE: Canadian Heritage
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